For health care providers based in Ontario who have an interest in skin and wound care
The Project ECHO® model features live online sessions, de-identified patient cases, and case discussions. Healthcare providers and specialists learn from each other, acquire knowledge, skills, increase competency and build a strong community of practice.
Project ECHO® follows the Hub and Spoke model where an inter-professional specialist resource team form the hub and participants, supported by community of practice, are the spokes.
Project ECHO: Moving Knowledge, Not Patients
WoundPedia, Queen’s University, and the Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Care Canada represent the Project ECHO Ontario Skin and Wound Care Hub. Based on a knowledge transfer and guided practice model, Project ECHO links expert inter-professional teams at an academic hub with primary care providers in their communities. Our vision is optimal wound care for all Ontarians. Our project goal is that all interested health care providers in Ontario have the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with wounds safely and effectively.
More than 220 hubs for more than 100 diseases and conditions in 31 countries
Project ECHO stands for Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes. The program was first developed by the University of New Mexico to improve Hepatitis C treatment in rural regions. Project ECHO has been replicated in all over the world, including Ontario, where it has proven to expand capacity for pain control, opioid stewardship and other conditions. This Project will replicate the ECHO model for skin and wound care.
Sharing real cases (de-identified) and building collective knowledge
The Project ECHO model centres around weekly expert-led virtual sessions that bring together an interprofessional cohort of primary care providers (physicians, nurse practitioners), nurses, allied health and other clinicians. The sessions, resources, and community of practice build capacity to provide specialized care. Participants will also have the tools needed to be a resource to their team, build collective knowledge, and make specialized care available to patients in their communities.